THANK YOU, FARMINGTON, for your SUPPORT!
All school articles, including Teachers' and Custodians' contracts and the Operating Budget, were passed with your help. 

 Public Survey Feedback Needed--Time Extended!!

As we are beginning our long-range planning process to form our Strategic Innovations Plan, we want to learn what the perceptions and priorities are for our townspeople regarding our schools. 

The survey will be open until May 21, 2017. Click the blue link below to take the survey online. Paper copies are available upon request (755-2627) or at the following locations beginning April 28th:

  • ·       The SAU Office (60 Charles Street)
  • ·       The Town Offices (365 Main Street)
  • ·       Goodwin Library (422 Main Street)
  •         Crowley's Variety and Grill (351 Main Street)
  •         Studio 393 (393 S. Main Street)
  •         Farmington House of Pizza (485 Main Street)
  •         Cardinal's Farmhouse Sampler (203 NH Route 11)  
  •         Perrault's Automotive Services (456 Ten Rod Road) NEW!!
  • ·       Any Farmington School Office 

Farmington School District Community 

Perceptions and Priorities Survey

Your thoughts and opinions matter.

 Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Strategic Innovations Plan Committee meeting moved to May 22nd, 7 pm, HWMS Library

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Farmington School Board
May 15, 2017
6:00 PM
Farmington High School Library
40 Thayer Drive, Farmington, NH 

To the inhabitants of the Town of Farmington, you are hereby notified that pursuant to HB 329, the Farmington School Board will hold a public hearing for the purpose of legalizing, ratifying, or confirming the election results of the school budget and warrant articles from the election that was postponed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to severe weather, with said election taking place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. 


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Concerns about Thirteen Reasons Why


Dear Farmington School District Families,

The Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why has gained national attention for its discussions of teen trauma and suicide. These are important conversations to have with your students, and information regarding the content of the series can help you make informed decisions. The concerns raised by the following resources are worth consideration.  

Please find out if your child has read the book, watched the series, or heard of the series; if they have, please talk with them about it.  We also suggest that you research the series so you understand what your child may be exposed to.  There is a list of talking points included in this correspondence to help with these conversations, as well as a list of resources for your reference.  

Thank you for your attention to this very important topic. Should you feel you need more information or support, please contact the school counseling department.

Ruth Ellen Vaughn
Superintendent of Schools
SAU 61
Farmington, NH 03835


From the NH DOE  ETNews Listserv

ITEM:  FYI - Concerns About Thirteen Reasons Why

The Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why is based on the book that was released 10 years ago. It follows a group of high school students as they follow the story that was left behind for them by their classmate who died by suicide.  

The trailer and advertisements for the series can be misleading.   In watching the series, young people and teenagers could perceive the message that suicide is a viable and/or romanticized option. The content of the series is extremely graphic with troubling scenes throughout each episode, which may be difficult for the teenage mind to watch and process in an appropriate way.

The series has some of the following shortcomings:

  • There is no mention of mental health and treatment options, as it references suicide throughout
  • The idea of suicide is romanticized throughout
  • There are no examples of help-seeking by the teens impacted
  • There are several scenes throughout depicting serious trauma, which the teens do not seek help or resources for (i.e., rape, bullying, car accidents, fights, alcoholism, suicide)
  • The series does not express what to do in harmful situations in terms of getting help or utilizing healthy coping skills
  • The series is not meant to be an educational film, and its message does not comply with the health recommendations for treating mental health, and/or trauma, or preventing suicide

Talking points for Thirteen Reasons Why*:

  • Reassure your youth of your love and support.  Remind your youth that there is no problem too great to be handled.  
  • The main character in the series was experiencing an untreated mental health problem. Suicide is not a common response to life's challenges or adversity. The vast majority of people who experience bullying, the death of a friend, or any other adversity described in Thirteen Reasons Why do not die by suicide. In fact, most reach out, talk to others and seek help or find other productive ways of coping. They go on to lead healthy, normal lives.
  • It is important to know that, there are many treatment options for life challenges, distress and mental illness.  Mental illness is treatable. If you feel like you need support or someone to talk to, reach out. Talk with a friend, family member, a counselor, or therapist. There is always someone who will listen.
  • You may have similar experiences and thoughts as some of the characters in Thirteen Reasons Why. People often identify with characters they see on TV or in movies. However, it is important to remember that there are healthy ways to cope with the topics covered in the series and acting on suicidal thoughts is not one of them.
  • Suicide is never a heroic or romantic act. The main character's suicide (although fictional) is a cautionary tale, not meant to appear heroic and should be viewed as a tragedy.
  • If you are concerned about someone, ask them about it. It will not make someone more suicidal or put the idea of suicide in their mind. Knowing how to acknowledge and respond to someone who shares their thoughts of emotional distress or suicide with you is important. Don't judge them or their thoughts. Listen. Be caring and kind. Offer to stay with them. Offer to go with them to get help or to contact a crisis line.
  • When you die, you do not get to make a movie or talk to people any more. Leaving messages from beyond the grave is a dramatization produced in Hollywood and is not possible in real life.
  • The main character's tapes blame others for her suicide. Suicide is never the fault of survivors of suicide loss. There are resources and support groups for suicide loss survivors.

*Resources:  www.save.org;  www.jedfoundation.org

https://www.save.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/13RW-Talking-Points-Final_v5.pdf

‘13 Reasons Why’ depicts a graphic suicide. Experts say there’s a problem with that.  Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/04/14/the-problem-with-how-13-reasons-why-treats-suicide/  

National, State, and Local Resources


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.


National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or

Confidential Online-Chat online.rainn.org

The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.


Haven 24/7 Confidential Hotline 603-994-SAFE (7233)

Haven is the local sexual assault/domestic violence agency for our region in NH. The Haven hotline will connect you with a local trained advocate who provides judgment-free emotional support and local referrals for anyone impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. You DO NOT need to be in crisis to call.


Center for Life Management (centerforlifemanagement.org) **Newton

24/7 Emergency Number 603-434-1577 option 1

CLM provides comprehensive mental health and substance use services, psychiatric treatment, acute care, medication services, emergency intervention, and family support services for adults, children, adolescents and families.


Seacoast Mental Health (smhc-nh.org603-772-2710 **Kingston and Fremont

Emergency Services available 24/7 by calling the office at 603-772-2710

Seacoast Mental Health provides comprehensive mental health and substance use services, psychiatric treatment, acute care, medication services, emergency intervention, and family support services for adults, children, adolescents and families in the Seacoast area.

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Public Notice Announcement Regarding Outdated Special Education Records 

 

The Farmington School District (SAU #61) will destroy records that have been collected, maintained and/or used in providing special education services in the upcoming months.  This will affect records of students born in the year 1992 or earlier, and only applies to students who received special education services during any of their time in the Farmington School District. This activity is in compliance with Federal, State, and local policy.  The destruction of data policy provides that records may be destroyed when they are no longer needed for educational planning purposes.  Please be advised that some of the information contained in these files may be needed later on for other purposes, such as eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.     

 

If you wish to have these records before they are destroyed, please contact us at 603-755-2627 or by email at ddenitto@sau61.org before June 1, 2017. Records will be provided only to a former student who is 18 years of age (or older) or the former student’s legal guardian with the proper identification.  Anyone obtaining records will be required to produce identification that contains both a picture and signature.  We will notify the individual by phone when the requested records are prepared.  The records can be obtained at the SAU office, 60 Charles Street, Farmington, NH 03835.



Mission Statement of the Farmington Schools

The mission of the Farmington School District
 is to develop and prepare every individual for
 lifelong learning and participation in a global society 
through quality education.

The Farmington School District is a supportive learning environment for students, school staff, families, 
and the greater community.



FSD Strategic Innovations Plan Call for Community Participants

Next Meeting is Thursday, May 11th Monday, May 22 at 7:00 at

Henry Wilson Memorial School Library

***Meeting moved to allow for the extension of the 

survey data collection***



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